We will take charge of our forests, says South-West Governors.

We will take charge of our forests, says South-West Governors.

The Governors of the South West Region of Nigeria rose from a meeting on Saturday to reaffirm the decision of the National Economic Council on the ownership and management of the forest across the entire country.

The meeting which was chaired by the South-West Governor forum chairman, and the governor of Ondo state Rotimi Akeredolu, has in attendance  all the governor in the region.

In the meeting which was held at the Oyo State Government house in Ibadan, the Governor of Ondo state told journalist that they stand in the position of the National Economic Council position on the forest policing in various states of the federation.

The meeting also had among it resolutions, to stop the incursion of foreign herdsmen, a tighter measure will be adopted to bloke all the loose end in their various state boarders. The meeting also deliberated on the need for government in all states in the region to support cattle breeding and other agricultural production, the necessary policies must be properly formulated in other to discourage open grazing across the country.

 “We believe that all the states should be in a position to manage their forests, And that will give enough room to determine who and who are there, what purpose are they serving, and where you have people there illegally, the state should be able to take some steps, so that we can preserve our forests.” Akeredolu said.

The chief of state to the president Prof. Ibrahim Gambari who had originally scheduled the meeting, was absent, his absent was due to the haze weather condition, as such he could not fly from the nation’s capital to the venue of the meeting.

The inspector general of police Mohammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the Department of state services, Yusuf Bichi, both were absent in the meeting, that they had earlier scheduled to attend. Governor Makinde; Governors Akeredolu of Ondo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State. Were all in attendance.

Deputy inspector general of police David Folawiyo and other security chiefs serving in Oyo state, the chairman of the council of traditional rulers in each of the south-west state and some first class monarchs was in attendance.

The chairman of the meeting and the governor of Ondo state Akeredolu, told  journalist that the meeting was to find lasting solutions to the security issues in the zone.

Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi; Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom, Oba Fredrick Akinruntan; Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunnjso 1; and Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis Olusola Alao. Are among the traditional rulers that attended the security meeting, which was hosted by the governor of Oyo state.

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, and other heads of security agencies in Oyo State, were all in attendance.

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